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The French Line (1953)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 8 February 1954 (USA)
When her fiancé leaves her, an oil heiress takes a cruise incognito in order to find a man who will love her for herself and not for her money.

Director:

Lloyd Bacon

Writers:

Mary Loos (screenplay), Richard Sale (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jane Russell ... Mary 'Mame' Carson
Gilbert Roland ... Pierre DuQuesne
Arthur Hunnicutt ... 'Waco' Mosby
Mary McCarty ... Annie Farrell
Joyce Mackenzie ... Myrtle Brown (as Joyce MacKenzie)
Rita Corday ... Celeste (as Paula Corday)
Scott Elliott ... Bill Harris
Craig Stevens ... Phil Barton
Kasey Rogers ... Katherine 'Katy' Hodges (as Laura Elliot)
Steven Geray ... François, Ship Steward
John Wengraf ... Commodore Renard
Michael St. Angel ... George Hodges
Barbara Darrow ... Donna Adams
Barbara Dobbins Barbara Dobbins ... Kitty Lee
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Storyline

Texas heiress Mary 'Mame' Carson strikes oil twice in one day, and her wealth scares away her fiance; so she decides to take a boat trip incognito to Paris and snare a husband using only her own abundant natural charms. To this end, she switches identities with model Myrtle Brown, and sets sail with her bosom pal Annie...and French revue star Pierre DuQuesne, who has been hired to keep a watchful eye on "Mary Carson" a perfect setup for Musical Comedy Misunderstandings. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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heiress | texas | cruise | oil | model | See All (17) »

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Songs as gay as Champagne. See more »


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 February 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die lockende Venus See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Initially, Jane Russell was to have performed her "Lookin' for Trouble" number in a bikini, a bathing suit that was quite racy for 1954. She wore the skimpy outfit for a production still (later reproduced in her autobiography) but complained that she felt "very naked" in front of the movie's crew. Eventually a compromise was reached, and she appeared in the one-piece outfit shown in the movie. See more »

Quotes

Mary 'Mame' Carson: [This is the cut out speech that Jane Russell makes during her song, "Lookin' for Trouble"] That's all I need, is a man! Any type, any style! Just so, he's a man! Now, he can be short, tall, or elongated! He can be thin, muscular, obese... that's fat, you know! Any direction will do. He can be sweet, sensitive, intelligent, a little coy, but not a boy! Now, don't get me wrong! 17 to 70 will do! It ain't the age, it's the attitude! However, there is one requisite I must make: he has to be... ...
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Alternate Versions

Due to a censorship controversy over 'Jane Russell' 's "Looking for Trouble" number, the film was briefly released without a Production Code seal. The final version (with seal) features a much tamer performance with relatively little breast exposure. The initial UK version omits that sequence entirely. Both versions survive, and are easily distinguishable: the "hot" version includes a spoken narration midway through in which Mary talks about what she wants from a man; in the shorter release version, some of the dance is performed with Mary positioned behind a figure-obscuring planter, and without the closer, high-angle cleavage shots. See more »

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Soundtracks

POOR ANDRE
(uncredited)
Music by Josef Myrow
Lyrics by Ralph Blane and Robert Wells
Performed by showgirls and Billy Daniel
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A Dreadful Movie
27 June 2006 | by timothymcclenaghanSee all my reviews

This film has recently been televised by Turner Classic Movies. It may have been considered racy in its time, and may have made money, but even the most die-hard Jane Russell fan will find it hard to sit through this dreck.

There are many movie musicals from the 1950s which can withstand the test of time, even though dated by current standards, but which can still be enjoyed because of good music or dancing or an amusing plot. "The French Line", however, fails at all of these aspects.

It doesn't matter that Russell was a fine singer when she is given lousy vocal material. The entire cast is dragged down by a boring, trite plot and dialogue.

It's not even worth recording and skipping through to only the musical numbers--they're crummy.


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